Pianist Marat Gabbasov was born in Troitsk in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia. He started to play piano at the age of 7. When he was 12, Gabbasov participated in his first jazz competition and became one of the winners.
During his studies in Moscow, Marat took part in various jazz festivals and competitions. He became one of the winners in the competitions in Moscow, Sochi, Rostov-na-Donu, Doneck, Ukraine; Yalta, Ukraine; and Aktobe, Kazakhstan. In 2009, Gabbasov won the grand prize in the sixth "Piano in Jazz" competition in Moscow. That same year, he visited the U.S. for the first time and had the opportunity to perform in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for an audience of several thousand people. From 2009-2010, Gabbasov was a member of the jazz ensemble "Green Wave," led by the famous Russian saxophonist Alexandr Oseichuk. Recently, Gabbasov has graduated from the Gnesins Russian Academy of music and now studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Waves of Visions is a collaboration between pianist and composer Yakir Arbib and visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim that comes to fruition in a seven-movement suite for live visuals, flute, drum set, piano, and cello.
Throughout the piece, music and visuals interact and influence each other on various levels, and coexist as two separate living presences that may be perceived by either one of two senses. Arbib, having synesthesia and being blind from birth, is able to pick up on the presence of the visuals and respond to it in the moment with his music, while Haber-Schaim dynamically performs as an integral member of the band, thus creating a fifth musical instrument.
Each one of the suite's movements focuses on a different approach to the process of creating: from improvisation in the moment, to preconceived structure, to reconstruction of a moment of ecstasy. The two artists consent to mirror each other's processes in order to achieve a unified artistic expression.
Yakir Arbib was born in Jerusalem in 1989 and studied classical and jazz throughout his childhood. In 2008 he won the Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award in Italy and was signed by Philology Jazz Records. Since Arbib began his studies at Berklee in 2009, he has made a radical return to classical music, studying under piano chair Stephany Tiernan and composition chair Arnold Friedman. He has been composing and performing avant-garde classical music appearing in prestigious halls such as Steinert Hall in Boston and Felicja Blumental Center in Tel Aviv. His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra and the Triple Helix Piano Trio.
Tamar Haber-Schaim is a visual artist who has developed her own minimalist approach to illustration, graphic design, and animation. Her work has appeared in publications such as British Vogue, Der Spiegel, Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Book Review, and Condé Nast Traveler. Her three mediums—line drawing, cut paper, and digital work—have appeared in international art annuals and exhibitions, including a solo exhibition in Germany. She has animated and produced television commercials for American and Italian television using all three of these techniques. She also takes the warmth and minimal feel of her style and applies it to her work as a graphic designer.
Milena Jancuric is a flutist from Serbia. She studied classical music performance at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in May 2010. Since beginning her studies at Berklee, she has been involved with classical, jazz, Latin, and world music projects. She has taken part in many concerts and projects as a soloist, member of the chamber ensemble, orchestra, small groups, and big band, as well as a studio musician, within and outside of Serbia, including in Italy, France, Slovenia, and the United States.
Cellist Naseem Alatrash has attracted attention for his unique style and special sound, which is combined with his virtuosic performance. His unique musical identity is the outcome of his experience in Middle Eastern music and his deep study of classical music. Alatrash was the first musician from the Middle East to be awarded the a Presidential Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. Recently, he recorded with Simon Shaheen, Mike Bono Group, and top world-fusion ensembles. He also performs with the Palestine National Orchestra and Aldeburgh World Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
Italian drummer Roberto Giaquinto was awarded a scholarship in 2009 to attend Berklee College of Music and is pursuing a degree in jazz performance. After he moved to Boston in 2010, he was selected to be a part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded and led by artistic director and world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez. Since coming to Berklee, Giaquinto has performed at the Blue Note NY, Detroit Jazz Festival, BeanTown Jazz Festival, Kimmel Center, and Panama Jazz Festival. He is involved in groups with students and alumni including Matthew Halpin Quartet, Christian Li Group, Daniel Rotem Trio, Mike Bono Group, Yakir Arbib, and Erena Terakubo.
The visual portion of tonight's performance is being realized thanks to technology donated to the college by Adobe Systems and to the visual artist, Tamar Haber-Schaim, by Wacom Americas.
In 1858, Franz Liszt published a score containing several piano pieces, the Années de Pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage), written during a two-year stay in Italy in the late 1830s. The set of compositions of Liszt's Years of Pilgrimage is striking, in that each piece is inspired by a work of visual art, or poetry, or a combination of the two, that Liszt encountered during his journey. Michelangelo, Raphael, Petrarch, and Dante are among the artists and poets whose works Liszt chose to address in his musical compositions.
For this concert liberal arts assistant professor Anthony Scibilia will perform three pieces from the Years of Pilgrimage at the piano, and describe the ways in which Liszt has adopted works of visual art and poetry as the basis for his exploration of musical composition. The program will open with the first piece in Liszt's collection, "Il Penseroso"("The Thinker"), modeled after the Medici tomb sculptures, as well as a quatrain of poetic verse, by Michelangelo. The second piece, "Sposalizio" ("Marriage"; but commonly known as "The Marriage of the Virgin"), is a composition based on the famous painting of the same name by the Italian Renaissance painter Raphael. The third and final piece of the program will be the "Dante Sonata," in which Liszt explores at a grand scale the fullest possible range of sonorities and moods, all based on a simple two-note motif that captures the rhythmic gait of Dante's verse in the Divine Comedy.
In these three pieces, we witness not only Liszt's appreciation of a variety of art forms, including painting, sculpture, and poetry; but also his specific and wide-ranging approach to the formal construction of musical compositions rooted in extra-musical subject matter—a concern as relevant to musicians today as it was when Liszt composed this marvelous set of pieces. In the spirit of Liszt's multidimensional approach to musical composition, this performance and discussion will include projected images of works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and others.
Music of the early 1600s by Gibbons, Dowland, and Morley with new indie classical music by Larry Bell based on Elizabethan poetry by William Shakespeare and Thomas Campion and excerpts from Bell's new Twelve Lyric Preludes. The concert features guest vocalist Thomas Gregg with the composer at the piano.
Holiday Mountain was created by singer, pianist, and songwriter Laura Patino in 2010. Named after two of her great loves, Billie Holiday and the Colorado Rocky Mountains, whose beauty and sincerity have moved people throughout the ages. Patino was born in Colorado, where she was heavily influenced by the power of nature and rock 'n' roll as a young teenager. Trained in jazz and classical piano from a young age and a graduate of Berklee College of music, Patino composed songs for solo piano and voice for several years. While attending Berklee, she was fortunate enough to meet her fellow bandmates through the Boston DIY music scene, where she discovered that sometimes the most beautiful connections can happen in the dirtiest of Allston basement shows. Drummer Zander Kagle, bassist Brad Will, and guitarist Mike Simonelli all share the same core desire with Pation to make people groove hard until they have forgotten any qualms they have with existence.
Holiday Mountain incorporates reggae, indie, psychedelia, and dance styles to create a magical potion that will make even a dung beetle feel like an optimist. Their style has been described as a mixture of artists such as Man Man, Deerhoof, Andrew Bird, Santogold, M.I.A., and "the female version of Mr. Bungle."
Holiday Mountain is independently releasing their debut album, Become Who You Are, in the spring of 2012. The gang will be moving to the great city of Austin, Texas in September 2012, where they intend for their groovy sound to bloom and flourish in the Texas heat.
Hamish Napier grew up in the Scottish Highlands and was steeped in traditional music from an early age. A multi-instrumentalist (flute, whistles, vocals, piano, and traditional Scottish stepdance), Napier was a finalist for Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year and a nominee for Best Up and Coming Artist at the Scots Traditional Music Awards. Napier has recorded with leading Scottish musicians Donald Shaw, Martyn Bennett, and Eddi Reader, and has collaborated with many of the U.K.'s finest folk musicians for festivals, national, T.V., and radio.
Before beginning his studies in jazz piano at Berklee last fall, Napier toured throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. with award-winning traditional Scottish folk quartet Back of the Moon, as well as teaching on the Scottish Music degree course at the National Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. As one of the UNESCO Cities of Music, Glasgow is internationally recognised for its diverse and talented music scene: a vibrant, fresh, and highly-innovative melting pot of Scottish and Irish folk music, jazz, funk, dance music, classical, and indie styles. Amid this inspiring atmosphere, Napier's latest folk/jazz fusion solo project was born: the Hamish Napier Band.
In this new American version of his acclaimed group, who performed at the Celtic Connections Festival and the Glasgow International Jazz Festival last year, Napier invites a band of brilliant Berklee jazz and bluegrass musicians to join him for a unique blend of traditional Scottish and American folk music, original compositions, and jazz improvisation.
Composed of Alex Baboian on guitar, Jared Henderson on upright bass, and Jon Aanestad on violin, the trio was born after Aanestad needed a guitarist to fill in on a gig he had booked. Baboian and Henderson were brought into the mix to play on a few of the gigs that had been booked for a trio. The chemistry seemed to be palpable immediately.
The Sugarcane Trio loves catchy hooks and makes a point to pay close attention to melody in spontaneous improvisation. During live performance, each band member's influences are imbued on a musical canvas that becomes spontaneously unique: Henderson's nimble fingers drive the trio forward with an intellectual, woody bass line, while Baboian mixes tasteful jazz stylings with a Motown groove. Aanestad's hearty and overt vocals soar above violin lines that are heavily influenced by his classical background as well as gritty blues players like Stuff Smith, fiddle players Stuart Duncan and Bobby Hicks, and jazz contemporaries such as Regina Carter.
Trumpeter Wayne Pearcy's senior recital will cover a variety of styles ranging from baroque and contemporary classical to jazz. Featuring special guest oboist Barbara LaFitte, who will be joining Pearcy on Quiet City by Aaron Copland.